Middlefield Residence Photo Shoot

Apr 22, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We just finished photographing our Middlefield Residence project with Cesar Rubio, one of our favorite photographers. 

It was an intense day of shooting, and a very successful one.

We previously worked with Cesar to photograph the Waverley Street Residences. We appreciate his intuition for great shots - he often suggests angles that we never would have imagined on our own.

Special thanks to the homeowners, who provided us full access to their beautiful home. The owners have an impressive art collection, and it was a pleasure to work in such a well-curated space.

We look forward to sharing the final photos with you soon!

Window Location, Operation, Proportions

Feb 10, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Sucharitha is studying windows for one of our projects.  Things she's looking at:

  • Window location: What or where are we illuminating with natural light?  
  • Window operation: Does the window want to open, and if so, how?  How big or small does the operable window want to be?
  • Window proportions: What looks good for the room?  What looks good with the overall volume of the house?

And why not be artful with your sketches in the process?  Thanks, Sucharitha.

Topics: Office, Projects

Meet Our Newest Designer

Feb 8, 2016 by Rosanna Jackson
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team –Sucharitha Yelimeli. Sucharitha received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 2014 and most recently taught fine art classes. 
Sucharitha has always been interested in visual art and teaching art. Architecture, for her, is the medium that brings together the diverse disciplines that she loves – art, philosophy, poetry and history. It’s art with a purpose. Her goal as a Designer is to ultimately create a meaningful space for her clients. These are some of the many reasons why Sucharitha is the perfect addition to our office and why we are so pleased to have her on board.
Topics: Office

Best of houzz 2016

Jan 18, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are so pleased to be selected for Best of houzz 2016! The success of our projects owes a lot to our amazing collaborators, clients, and design team. Thank you!

Remodeling and Home Design

Check our Houzz profile here!

All Moved In!

Dec 1, 2015 by Rosanna Jackson
We're all moved into our new office space and recently had a small open house to celebrate. Now we have this giant, kid-created popsicle stick sculpture to remind us of our gathering with friends.



Topics: Life, Office

An introduction

May 30, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

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As a new member of the Ogawa Fisher team, I’m excited to be taking part in the blog-osphere.

I’m a native of Austin, Texas and a proud University of Texas Longhorn. I received my Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 and shortly after made the cross-country move up to Portland, OR. I’ve since been exploring the endless beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Traveling to places both near and far, experiencing new people, places, and landscapes has become a necessity for my soul. The changing seasons of the region allow for different explorations and activities during different times of the year. From snowboarding the snowy slopes of Mt Hood to biking and backpacking around the Columbia River Gorge, there is always more exploring to do.

My interest in architecture lies with how the built environment affects the people who interact with it. Particularly, with the power of design to improve lives and empower people and the communities they live in. So, I’m excited to be learning from Hiromi and Lynn, as each OFA project is a reflection of the clients' wants and dreams.

Photo shoot!

Nov 14, 2013 by Hiromi Ogawa

We had a wonderful time shooting with our photographer Mariko Reed last week. It was a beautiful day, and we captured several nice shots from two recent projects in the East Bay.

We didn’t have a chance to take a lot of “behind-the-scenes” shots, but managed to get one on the iphone right before we finished for the day – here is a sneak peek!

Topics: Office, Projects

Coming soon: our NEW website!

Nov 7, 2013 by Hiromi Ogawa

We're working on a fresh update to our website, and we can hardly wait to share it with you!   It will have many new features, including:

  • two brand new projects with stunning photographs by Mariko Reed
  • easy navigation, including the ability to sort images by use and room type
  • a user-friendly site design that can also be viewed on mobile devices

Kristin Beadle of Beadle Design and Paul Irving of Insite Web Publishing are our amazing collaborators in this endeavor.  In addition to working magic on our website, their recent online collaborations include redesign of NanaWall with Tolleson, and redesign of Impact Magazine by OfficeMax Workplace Interiors with Bader Rutter.  They are in the final months of a two-year project to create Columbia Gorge Community College's online campus. We are so excited to be working these amazing professionals, who bring so much talent and expertise to the project.  Thanks to them, our new website will be more aligned with our design philosophy and aesthetic.  So exciting!

Topics: Office

Collaborations: Bill Harrison, structural engineer

Oct 14, 2013 by Hiromi Ogawa

We wouldn’t be where we are today without Bill: structural engineer, collaborator, supporter, and friend.

We have been working with Bill Harrison of Sarah Leong Consulting Engineers since we started our practice in 2003.  In fact, Hiromi has done projects with him since her days at Sutton Suzuki Architects, so they have known each other for almost 15 years!

And there is a reason we still work together after all these years.  Bill is intelligent, prompt, and thorough in his engineering services.  But what really distinguishes him is his creativity, and ability to understand our design intent.  Instead of applying prescriptive structural solutions, Bill will work with us to find options that best fit the design.

The best collaborations are the ones where our collective ideas make the project better than we imagined, and Bill does just that.  Thank you, Bill!

Forever Green and blushing

Oct 9, 2012 by Lynn Fisher

Last week, Lynn and I were honored by the Girl Scouts of Northern California as 2 of the top 100 women who have "made a significant impact to sustaining the environment, economy, or community".  We attended a beautiful reception at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, where we were amongst a dense crowd of very interesting men and women.  Best of all, the Space Cookies (a Girl Scouts robotics team) were demonstrating their basketball hoop-shooting robots, and helped answer some of my burning questions about robotics opportunities for children.  Awesome!

As to why we think we won this award.... we have very detailed green standards, both for our clients' projects and within our office.  Integrating low-cost and no-cost sustainability measures has been a standard practice in our office for several years, so we don't feel like it's really something we need to brag about.  But apparently, helping our clients navigate through their myriad of sustainable cost-value decisions, while still maintaining a standard of beauty and utility, is something this 100-year old organization wanted to celebrate.  We are so honored and humbled by this recognition, and we are inspired to keep serving our clients and the community with our integrated and holistic approach. 

Thank you Girl Scouts!

Topics: Office, Press